Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy

Diagnosing cerebral palsy can be tricky. There is no one, single test that definitively confirms the diagnosis, and symptoms of cerebral palsy may resemble those of other conditions, so accurately diagnosing cerebral palsy can be a long and complicated process.

The first step towards a diagnosis usually occurs when parents express concern to their pediatrician that their child is missing developmental milestones. But if a child’s symptoms are not severe, an official diagnosis of cerebral palsy may not be made until the child is two to five years old.

If a child has cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice resulting in birth injury, the parents may be eligible for a cerebral palsy lawsuit to obtain economic compensation for their child’s medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. The lawyers at The Sanders Firm are leaders in cerebral palsy litigation and has helped many families win substantial settlements  to help them provide the ongoing, specialized care that their child requires.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy

In trying to determine whether a child has cerebral palsy or another disorder, doctors will first look at the child’s symptoms. Among the symptoms of cerebral palsy are:

  • Delays in reaching such developmental milestones as sitting up, crawling, and walking
  • Slow growth or weight gain
  • Jerky or irregular movements of the arms and legs
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty with speech or eating

In addition to observing the child’s symptoms, physicians will take full medical histories of both parents and may also do genetic testing or other tests to rule out genetic diseases, nerve disorders, and muscle diseases as the cause of the symptoms. In addition, neurological tests such as CT and MRI scans may be performed to determine the locations and severity of potential brain damage.

New York birth injury attorneys

When a child is officially diagnosed with cerebral palsy, parents often feel overwhelmed. They are worried about their child’s future and how they can handle the enormous financial costs of caring for a child with a serious, lifelong disability.

The lawyers of The Sanders Firm have more than 40 years of experience in birth injury and malpractice lawsuits. We have won substantial birth injury settlements for many families with children whose cerebral palsy was the result of malpractice or negligence.

File a cerebral palsy lawsuit in New York

If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy or other birth injury was due to medical negligence in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, or Long Island, call us to find out how we can help you obtain the financial compensation you and your child are entitled to. You deserve representation, and you deserve justice. You pay nothing unless we win you a settlement. Call toll-free: 1.800 FAIR PLAY (800.324.7752).